First State Bank & Trust Company’s website is now even more secure with our new .bank domain name. We’ve put together this helpful guide to help answer questions you may have.
What is .Bank?
.Bank is an industry-specific project that aims to make banking websites more relevant, more specialized and more secure. The .bank domain is only open to banks that are verified by their regulator. You cannot obtain this domain if you are not a bank. This alone should give customers a level of confidence that they are accessing a legitimate bank website.
.Bank is a trusted, verified, more secure and easily identifiable location on the Internet for the global banking community and the customers it serves. The .Bank gTLD (generic top-level domain) has enhanced security requirements that exceed that of most existing and new gTLDs like .com, .net, .org, etc. gTLDs are one of the categories of top-level domains maintained by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority for use in the Domain Name System of the Internet. A top-level domain is the last label of every fully qualified domain name.
Why .Bank Exists
Bank websites are unique in that they provide a portal into sensitive information and allow bank customers to gain access to their account information and conduct transactions. Bank websites have heavy security requirements and banks need to continue to manage risks so they protect their customers and themselves. .Bank gives banks the opportunity to register an industry-specific URL, not to mention the added security measures that come with it.
Added Security Measures
The following added security features, while not fool-proof, are intended to add another layer of protection and assurance for your customers that they are safe using your .bank site:
- Because the .bank domain is fTLD* verified and authenticated, phishing, spoofing, internet scams and malicious emails that target bank customers should be reduced.
- Each .bank domain requires this verification, as well as mandatory re-verification every 2 years.
- .Bank requires and uses Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC). In short, DNSSEC ensures that Internet users are landing on participants’ actual websites and not being misdirected to malicious ones.
- Any .bank website also must be SSL (secure socket layer) encrypted. This means that you’ll see https at the start of our website, and the fact that it’s showing in green, means that it’s an “extended validation” SSL Certificate, offering the highest level of encryption during your visit to our site.
FSBTFremont.BANK allows us not only new marketing and branding opportunities, but also the enhanced security controls that exceed those of most existing and new top-level domains. We now have a bank-specific domain!
*The fTLD was formed by the ABA and Financial Services Roundtable in 2011. Their mission is to operate gTLDs to enable verified members of the banking and insurance communities to meet security, technology and business needs arising from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) introduction of new gTLDs. fTLD also operates .bank and ensures it is governed in the best interests of banks and their customers.
First State Bank & Trust Company is dedicated to providing you with the tools you need to protect yourself from potential fraud with our Card Management features.
With our Card On/Off feature, you can deactivate or activate your Visa debit card the moment you discover it is missing. Simply log in to NetFirst Internet Banking or FSBT Mobile to turn your card off to stop all future transactions on your card. Once your card has been found, you can turn it back on and start using it right away!
And with Card Alerts, you can be notified by either text or email for any approved, declined or both types of transactions that occur on your Visa debit card. This will help keep you aware of any transactions that you did not make. To sign up for Card Alerts, simply log in to NetFirst Internet Banking and click on “Manage Alerts” or call (402) 721-2500 to have one of our representatives set it up for you.
OnGuardOnline.gov is the federal government’s website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online.
The Federal Trade Commission manages OnGuardOnline.gov, in partnership with a number of other federal agencies. OnGuardOnline.gov is a partner in the Stop Think Connect campaign, led by the Department of Homeland Security, and part of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Learn how to be safe, secure and responsible online at http://onguardonline.gov.
Online Security Links
We believe that shopping online should be as worry free as possible, that’s why First State Bank & Trust Company has joined forces with Visa and is a proud participant in the “Verified by Visa” program.
For our customers that don’t carry a Visa card, we also have security in place for your MasterCard as well.